Terry Wogan to be replaced by Michael Ball

Terry Wogan to be replaced by Michael Ball in BBC Radio 2 Sunday slot

Singer describes late presenter as ‘simply the best’ as he takes over former Weekend Wogan lunchtime show

Singer Michael Ball is to take over Sir Terry Wogan’s Sunday lunchtime show on BBC Radio 2.

Wogan, who passed away in January aged 77 after a short battle with cancer, continued to host the Weekend Wogan show for five years after handing the reins of his BBC Radio 2 weekday breakfast show to Chris Evans at the end of 2009.

“High quality entertainment is at the core of public service broadcasting,” said Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan. “Sir Terry was a master of it. Michael Ball is in that fine tradition.”

Wogan actually replaced Ball, a former Eurovision contestant, to launch the Weekend Wogan show in the Sunday lunchtime slot.

“I feel so honoured to have been asked to return to Sunday mornings on BBC Radio 2,” said Ball. “I learned so much from my great friend and mentor Sir Terry Wogan. He was simply the best.”

Richard Madeley, who has fronted the programme since last December, will stand in for 10 weeks a year when Ball is away.

The BBC also announced other changes to the Radio 2 schedule.

From Sunday 24 April, Claudia Winkleman will move from the Friday night Radio 2 Arts Show to Sunday evenings to present Sunday Night with Claudia Winkleman.

The show replaces Ball’s Sunday evening show.

American singer Cyndi Lauper will present two shows on 10 April and 17 April.

The Arts Show will continue to be presented in the short term by a number of guest presenters, who have recently included Nihal and Penny Smith. Its current guest host is Jonathan Ross.